|Publication number||US7601129 B2|
|Application number||US 11/303,155|
|Publication date||Oct 13, 2009|
|Filing date||Dec 15, 2005|
|Priority date||Dec 15, 2005|
|Also published as||CA2634015A1, CA2634015C, CN101415381A, CN101415381B, EP1962743A2, EP1962743A4, US8558050, US20070142757, US20100004611, WO2007070697A2, WO2007070697A3|
|Publication number||11303155, 303155, US 7601129 B2, US 7601129B2, US-B2-7601129, US7601129 B2, US7601129B2|
|Original Assignee||Aalnex, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (92), Referenced by (18), Classifications (20), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The inventions described below relate the field of wound care management.
Wounds occur when the integrity of any tissue is compromised, affecting one or more layers of skin or underlying tissue. Wounds may be caused by an act, surgical procedure, an infectious disease or an underlying condition. Examples of open wounds include punctures, abrasions, cuts, lacerations and burns. Chronic wounds are also common ailments and include pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers, arterial ulcers, venous ulcers or combination of all the above. Despite much progress made in the wound care industry, an efficient and effective method and apparatus for protecting the wound from injurious contacts is not readily available.
Injurious contacts with foreign objects may be caused from various sources, ranging from brushing of clothing or bed sheets to fresh, uncovered wounds to adherence of wound dressing to the wound. The latter issue, referred to here as the sticking issue, leads to deleterious consequences for the patient. This problem is particularly exacerbated when wounds are left unattended for a substantial period. It is reported that in certain circumstances patients are administered morphine to withstand the pain caused from dressing removal, especially with wounds having a large surface area. Equally important, tearing of skin graft, newly formed cells or scab adhered to dressing disrupts the healing process.
Wounds are generally covered to prevent contamination and resulting infection. Wounds may also be covered for other reasons, including retaining moisture and absorption of exudate. Wound covering has traditionally consisted of application of dressings that are in direct contact with the wound. When directly applied on the wound, dressings adhere and mechanically anchor to wound surface, which may include diffused wound fluid, skin graft, new epidermal cells forming over the wound or the scabby covering of the wound.
The sticking issue has traditionally been addressed by soaking the wound and the dressing adhering to it in water for sometime to soften the scab and make removal easier. Another method is the application of antibiotic ointments, such as polymyxin B sulfate or bacitracin, to keep the bandage from sticking to the wound. These methods, however, have not sufficiently addressed the sticking issue. As can be appreciated by health care professionals, soaking in water or application of ointments are not always practicable or recommended.
To better address the sticking issue the medical industry has developed “non-stick” dressings such as Telfa® and Xeroform® and other dressings such as hydrocolloids, alginates, hydrofilms, etc. Non-stick, however, is a relative term. Non-stick dressings merely stick less than their traditional counterparts, e.g., cotton gauze. Another problem with these dressings is that their cost is prohibitive for use on wounds requiring constant change of dressing.
“Non-contact” dressings have also been invented to address the sticking issue. These dressings are primarily designed in the shape of an inverted cup or a raised bandage. The general idea is that the space within the cup or raised bandage covers the wound, but does not come in contact with it.
Similar to the traditional and “non-stick” dressings described above, “non-contact” dressings also fail to efficiently and effectively protect the wound from contact, including addressing the sticking issue. First, they cannot be sufficiently deformed for the specific contours of different wounds, such as a narrow, long laceration. Second, they are designed in specific sizes that are not necessarily the desirable size for the wound.
Aside from their size limitation and lack of deformability, the prior art “non-contact” dressings have other drawbacks. Their complicated design makes their costs a prohibitive factor and application difficult. Moreover, whether several dressing sizes bundled together, or more than one dressing is in use, the prior art non-contact dressings are unable to address wounds on body segments with small surface areas. For example, using a large square, oval or circular bandage to cover a large, narrow and oddly shaped laceration on the forearm or shin is impractical. The same is true for the face and neck regions. Similarly, due to their specific shape and size, the non-contact dressings of prior art are not able to address wounds located in joints, such as elbows or knees.
What is needed is a method and apparatus for dressing wounds or other suitable injuries that is conformable, adjustable and flexible to prevent contact with the surface of the wound and improve the environment immediately adjacent the wound.
A wound shield may include a conformable frame to circumscribe a wound. Any suitable dressing may be secured over the conformable frame, the conformable frame providing separation between the wound and the dressing. The wound frame may provide pressure relief around a wound or pressure sore to permit healing, allow compression for venous ulcers, retain moisture within the wound environment, absorb exudate, relieve pain and trauma associated with dressing removal, allow debridement and application of topical medications and or other compounds or chemicals, accelerate healing and facilitate monitoring of wounds. A conformable frame may be composed of one or more layers of any suitable material and may include adhesive on one or more surfaces to secure the frame to the wound site, to secure the frame to itself and or any suitable closure element and or to secure the dressing to the conformable frame. A wound shield may be used for humans or any suitable animal.
A wound shield according to the present disclosure may be a simple, versatile, inexpensive and readily applicable apparatus and method for wound protection. It may include a conformable wound-protecting frame that may conform to the specific contour and size of any wound and may be used with any suitable dressing. A wound shield prevents foreign objects such as clothing, dressings and other such items from contacting the wound. Cotton gauze or other suitable dressing may be placed on or engage a wound protecting frame to completely protect the wound from harmful contact with any object. Alternatively, special covers, seals, and or lids may be placed on the wound shield to control moisture, simplify wound monitoring and debridement and application of medications.
A wound shield according to the present disclosure may adhere to skin surrounding a wound via adhesive applied to a surface of the wound-protecting frame to engage the skin. Medical grade, hypoallergenic adhesives are preferred, although any suitable adhesive may be used such as rubber-based, acrylic, vinyl ether and suitable pressure-sensitive adhesives. For their obvious advantages, adhesives that adhere to body hair less than their conventional counterparts are preferred. Adhesives may also be added to one or more surfaces of a wound-protecting frame not in contact with skin to engage any suitable dressing, cover, lid or any other suitable closure. Alternatively, no adhesive is used with the wound shield, and the wound shield is retained in place by the pressure applied from the dressing wrapped around the wound.
A conformable wound shield frame may be provided in any suitable dispenser configuration. For example, the conformable frame may be wound around a reel and placed in a dispenser that can be efficiently stored. When needed, the conformable frame may be fed out of the dispenser, and cut to desired lengths. Alternatively, the wound-protecting frame may be supplied in a sheet form and cut to the desired length and width. Moreover, the conformable frame may be prepackaged in several long strips with various or equal widths that may be cut to desirable lengths
In use, a conformable frame is placed around a wound, creating a boundary and providing a plane separate from the plane of the wound to support the dressing. The conformable frame may be used with any suitable closure to engage the ends of the conformable frame and encircle a wound.
A wound shield according to the present disclosure may be fully deformable to conform to specific contours of any wound located on any surface of a body. It may be cut to a desirable length to enclose all or any portion of the perimeter of any wound, regardless of shape and size. In addition, the. conformable frame may be made of inexpensive and yet effective material.
Any suitable dressing may be used in conjunction with the conformable frame, and may range from inexpensive, commonly used cotton gauze to more costly and sophisticated dressings, including for example, those constructed from transparent and or multi-layered material with qualities such as exudate absorption, bacteria impermeability and controlled air and or moisture permeability. Health care professionals may mix and match various dressings without restriction to complex and/or costly non-contact dressings.
A wound shield according to the present disclosure has sufficient rigidity to prevent injurious contacts to the wound, including those caused by dressing adhering to the wound surface. The conformable frame prevents contact to wounds regardless of their size or location with any suitable dressing.
A wound shield according to the present disclosure may be used for swift and effective wound debridement using any suitable technique. For example, a wound shield may be used to create a controlled space adjacent a wound for biological debridement, use of maggots or other suitable techniques. Alternatively, mechanical and or chemical debridement may also be effected within the controlled space. Surgical debridement may also be performed without removing the conformable frame from around the wound. The wound shield minimizes wound and peri-wound disturbance by avoiding repetitive dressing removals with the associated wound surface disturbance.
A wound shield including a conformable frame to circumscribe a wound and warm water circulating system to maintain a warm environment. Any suitable dressing may be secured over the conformable frame providing separation between the wound and the dressing. The wound frame may provide pressure relief around a wound or pressure sore to permit healing. A conformable frame may be composed of one or more layers of any suitable material and may include adhesive on one or more surfaces to secure the frame to the wound site and or to secure the dressing to the conformable frame.
In use, conformable frame 10 includes a first end 13 and a second end 15. When positioned around a wound, first end 13 and second end 15 may be engaged to completely circumscribe the wound as shown in
Conformable frame 10 may be constructed from any suitable material capable of deformation in the X and or Y and or Z-axes. Silicone is one example of such material, as it is both rigid and deformable. Polymers such as polypropylene, polyethylene and polyurethane may also be used to form a deformable, and yet rigid wound protector. Depending on its specific use, additional features of a wound shield may include impermeability or controlled permeability to water, bacteria and air, and absorption of fluids exuding from the wound bed. A wound shield according to the present disclosure may also include a selectable moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR). Polyurethane foam may be used to form a wound-protecting frame for its ability to absorb exudates.
Referring now to
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Referring now to
As briefly described above, dressing 52 may be any suitable dressing. Dressing 52 may also include adhesive along its perimeter or longitudinal and/or its transverse lengths, so to facilitate its adherence to skin surrounding conformable frame 46. Alternatively, dressing 52 may be wrapped around the arm or other body parts on which wound 48 is situated, or dressing 52 may be sized or cut to size to engage only conformable frame 46. Dressings such as dressing 52 may have any suitable MVTR parameters.
Referring now to
Referring now to
In an alternate configuration shown in
A conformable frame according to the present disclosure may not always completely circumscribe a wound. For wounds positioned in awkward body locations, such as the elbow and knee or for any other reason, a conformable frame may be cut into two or more suitable lengths or frame elements. The frame elements may be positioned around the wound as discussed above. Such manipulation may allow positioning of a dressing without contacting the wound.
In certain circumstances health care professionals may recommend the airing of the wound, i.e., not covering the wound with any dressing. As such, a conformable frame according to the present disclosure may be used to simply protect the wound from physical contact with other foreign objects, such as clothing or bed sheets. This configuration may also be suitable for treatment of pressure or abrasion sores from long term immobility. Conformable frame may be used to surround such sores and relieve the local pressure and permit the sores to heal.
For patients allergic to medically approved adhesives, the conformable frame may be provided without adhesive or, alternatively, with adhesive only on surface 12. In such circumstances, conformable frame 10 must be secured to the wound site with sufficient and appropriate pressure to engage conformable frame 10 with the wound site.
For wound configurations such as illustrated in
Referring now to
A bridge member can have any suitable shape including straight or curved edges, ends or separations. A bridge may also be constructed from inexpensive medical grade rigid plastic polymers, metal or wood particularly conditioned for medical use. Such material may be structurally adapted to allow breakage or separation along segment lines such as lines 86 and 88.
Medical grade adhesive may also be applied to second surface 90 which will come in contact with the conformable frame. A thin layer of film or strip removable at time of use may cover the adhesive as discussed above with respect to the conformable frame. Alternatively, bridge member 80 may have adhesive on both second side 90 and first side 92 to adhere not only to the conformable frame, but also to the dressing.
Referring now to
Referring now to
Connector 102 may be used to close opening 110 by indirectly connecting first end 104 and second end 106. Connector member 102 may be hollow, and may be constructed from any suitable material, including those used for construction of conformable frames. Engagement receptacles 104A and 106A may be slightly larger than the dimensions of first end 104 and second end 106 respectively. This permits conformable frame 108 to be inserted into connector member 102. Receptacles 104A and 106A should provide secure engagement to first end 104 and second end 106 respectively. Any other suitable configuration may also be used. Connectors such as connector 102 may also be used to connect two or more conformable frames.
Referring now to
Alternatively, a dispenser may be sterilized, and or may have several outlets allowing it to contain several coils containing conformable frames having different dimensions and or characteristics. The number of coils or outlets contained in a dispenser are examples provided for discussion purposes only and should not be viewed as a limitation.
Referring now to
Referring now to
In use, a second conformable frame may be positioned on the superficial surface of a first conformable frame. This configuration may be used in situations where a greater protective height around a wound is preferable. A stacked assembly may include more than two conformable frames.
Referring now to
In use, conformable frame 10 includes a first end 143 and a second end 145. When positioned around a wound, first end 143 and second end 145 may be engaged to completely circumscribe the wound. An adhesive or other suitable material may be applied to first end 143 and or second end 145 to secure the engagement of first end 143 and second end 145.
For some applications it may be useful for a conformable frame to be composed of two or more internal layers such as layers 150 and 152 illustrated in
In some situations it may be preferable to change one or more layers closest to a wound when the layer or layers become saturated or otherwise unsuitable to remain close to the wound. Layer 150 may also be removable to permit changing one or more layers. A scaffold or other suitable apparatus such as scaffold 138 may be secured to exterior layer 152. Internal layer 150 may be secured or otherwise engaged to either or both layer 152 and scaffold 138.
Alternatively, internal layer 150 may be positioned using scaffold 138. Securing layer 150 to layer 152 and scaffold 138 using water soluble adhesive would simplify removal of layer 150 and may also serve to identify a saturated layer as it separates from the structural layer and the scaffold. If layer 150 needed to be changed, any dressing or lid applied over conformable frame 140 may be disengaged. Layer 150 may be removed and a replacement layer may be inserted using scaffold 138 as a guide and engagement mechanism.
Referring now to
Some materials may have directional characteristics, and when combined in multiple layers may offer unique benefits. Many additional characteristics may also be useful, for example, layer 156 of
Similarly, referring to
Referring now to
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Alternatively as illustrated in
Referring now to
Alternatively, lid 202 may also include one or more absorptive elements such as cone 202A for removing moisture or exudate from wounds such as wound 210. Absorptive elements may have any suitable shape or dimension and may be formed of any suitable material. For example, cone 202A may be formed of material that is selectively absorbent to remove exudate and unwanted fluids.
Enclosed space 204 may be further controlled as illustrated in
Referring now to
The device may be modified as shown in
Tube 221 may be made or formed in any cross section shape including but not limited to cylindrical, rectangular, trapaziodal or any other suitable shape. A suitable shape of tube 221 may be selected to control the flow of thermal energy around the wound, generally to increase the temperature of the wound site, however cooling may also be provided. Tube 221 may also include one or more insulating layers to control the thermal energy and prevent unwanted losses. Adhesive may also be used as necessary on tube or its adjacent surfaces to secure tube 221 in use.
In use, the devices of
Thus, while the preferred embodiments of the devices and methods have been described in reference to the environment in which they were developed, they are merely illustrative of the principles of the inventions. Other embodiments and configurations may be devised without departing from the spirit of the inventions and the scope of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||602/2, 604/289, 604/305|
|International Classification||A61F5/00, A61M35/00|
|Cooperative Classification||A61F13/0203, A61F2013/00187, A61F2013/00825, A61F2013/00174, A61F13/00068, A61F15/008, A61F2013/0017, A61F2013/00165, A61F2013/002, A61M1/0088, A61M1/0084|
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|Jun 12, 2007||AS||Assignment|
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